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Friday, December 14, 2012

Brain dump

A week ago we had to call the cops on our BIL. I'd written this post, and then never posted it. I felt like I'd gotten all the shit I needed to off my chest. But every time something happens, some hurtful thing is said to Britt, every time I miss my niece & nephew, I just get sad all over again... and then I get fucking pissed off. And then I sigh & hope that everyone involved gets the help they need, take responsibility for the shit they personally did & then can move on with life. Myself included.

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The past few days have been ones I hope I never have to repeat. Ever, with anyone. We were over at Britt's sister's house & would have been heading home when her husband got home, but he was falling over drunk &; trying to take their 2 year old out for a dirt bike ride. Things escalated, Britt & I were standing by, trying to get Triston into bed & away from the impending fight.

Shit hit the fan & Britt's sister steered everything outside because by this time, Triston knew something was wrong & was screaming & crying & terrified. I grabbed him out of his mom's arms and passed him off to Britt & went outside to break things up.

I had to put my brother in law in a choke hold to get him to let go of Britt's sister the first time, then had to pin his arms behind his back because he lunged after her again. She was sobbing & ran into the house, later saying that it was the first time in her life she'd been scared of the one person she'd always counted on to protect her, to keep her safe. 

I stayed outside with the brother in law & his nice, but useless, friend, who kept looking at my brother in law like he's sprouted a second & third head. But I guess to a friend who'd never seen my brother in law's drunken assholeness before, perhaps he'd done just that.

I talked to my BIL for a bit, trying to talk him down. Trying to get him to chill. I thought it  was working, then he'd get angry again & then relax again & cry, then get angry... over and over. At one point, he was so angry he was hitting the side of the house. Then he punched the windows on the french doors they have, leading from the living room to outside. At this point Britt yelled that if he didn't calm down & stop breaking things, she was going to have to call the police. He broke more windows, and so she called the cops. 

By the time they arrived, he'd cycled through two or three more angry-calm-angry cycles, punched his truck, kicked things around the yard & cried some more. I heard gravel crunching & realized the police had arrived. Both his friend & I tried to tell the BIL to stay calm and to not be an asshole to the police. That so didn't happen.

I went inside to get the SIL at the request of the police. She had been trying to get Triston into bed, but he was still upset. Britt & her sister went outside & I stayed in & read the kiddo a bedtime story. I'd picked out Lady & the Tramp, as that was my favorite movie as a little kid. Then I tucked him in & went back into the living room to check on the baby, who'd begun to cry again. 

Britt & her sister came in while I was feeding the baby & the BIL went off to jail for domestic abuse & malicious actions (or something like that. For breaking the windows.)

He has a court date on the 12th. I'm going to babysit so that the SIL can go to the hearing. She wants him home. He's totally different when he drinks, like Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. 

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His court date's come & gone. The no contact order is still in place, although the judge did hear the SIL's testimony & took it into consideration for how long he extended the no contact order. He only extended it through the end of December instead of the usual six month minimum.

I ended up not going to babysit, which I'd suspected would happen, as the BIL wants Britt & I no where near his kids. He told the SIL that we'd never see them again. It's a low thing to use someone's family against them. But I know he's angry & still unwilling to take responsibility for his part in this shit storm. I know that it's easier to blame others than take responsibility for your actions. I know all this, but it still sucks.

The SIL is angry, the BIL is angry & the BIL's family is angry. Britt's been accused of trying to brainwash her sister, steal her sister & the kids away from the BIL & his family, etc, etc. I know these guys are all angry & afraid, and that sometimes fear leads to more anger, but it sucks having Britt on the receiving end of so much vitriol. Neither of us want the BIL gone. We love him & when he's not drinking, he's a good dad & husband. He's a good guy with a bad addiction. I'm not sure where he got the idea that we want to destroy his family. That accusation came out of left field, and probably was the most stinging.

And the SIL... the farther she gets from the event, the more she convinces herself that nothing really happened, the window was broken by accident when the BIL stumbled, and that Britt was overreacting and trying to be a "hero" but is nothing but an instigator of problems. She has a habit of posting things on facebook to no once specifically, but she know's they'll read it. It's very passive aggressive & hurtful, but when I've talked to her about it in the past, she thinks it's a perfectly acceptable way to communicate her issues with people. She posted something nasty this morning, aimed at Britt, and that's what set me off again today. I had been feeling pretty good, pretty done with all the emotions & grief, but apparently not.

How do you help someone understand that you didn't want to do something, but felt like shit had hit the fan hard enough that it was necessary? Britt told me that she didn't want to call the police. That she knew the consequences of her doing so would quite possibly make her sister hate her. But she called them anyways, because she was afraid for everyone's safety, including the BIL's. She felt that things had finally gotten far enough out of hand that outside help was needed. Neither she nor I are particularly fond of the Lynden Police, so calling them was a last resort.

I know that the SIL is going through an extremely difficult time. I'm trying really hard not to blame her, get mad at her, whatever, but it's HARD. I want to drive to her house and make her talk face to face, instead of nasty notes online, but I don't think that that would be something that would create a positive outcome right now.

Britt's trying to decide if she should address the nasty comment her sister made or let it go. She doesn't want to fight with anyone, but she doesn't want the relationship between her & her sister to collapse either. I am so grateful that Britt worked as an advocate for the local Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services for a few years. Her training from them is invaluable in many situations, but especially in this one. It gives her insight & wisdom that I don't have, but wish I did, when it comes to dealing with these kinds of reactions. Not that is makes it easy for her, but at least she understands why people are doing what they're doing.

I was ready to just say fuck 'em all & tell them to piss off, and move on with life, but Britt's right in saying that that's not a very good response to a situation like this. Sigh. I love/hate it when she's right. But I'm so sick of the shit her family pulls. We are both so ready to move away from here. We love her family, but it will be nice to have some distance.

So now we walk the invisible line of trying to not let the SIL & her grief & anger easily cut us out of her life, and still give her enough space to breathe & process everything, and in the end make up her own mind. Make her own choices.

I'm scared that the BIL won't get the help he needs & that he & this SIL won't get the marital counseling that the SIL was so adamant they needed. I'm scared that should this happen again, one of the kids is going to get seriously hurt or that the BIL is going to end up with his truck wrapped around a tree. The BIL won't let his kids ride in the car of anyone but him or the SIL, yet he thinks it's ok to drive them around while he's drinking. I don't get it. It makes me angry, and sad and kind of helpless feeling... which tends to make me angry. I hate feeling helpless.

I love all of them so much. I want them to be happy and healthy and prosperous. I want them to work out their shit so that they can be good parents and good spouses. I want them to be safe.

My dad does a lot of counseling and I remember when I was young him telling me that, "Hurting people hurt people", whether they mean to or not. I am trying really hard to keep this in the front of my mind and trying to not stay angry. I know I'll get angry, but I don't want to stay that way. I don't want to hate any of my sweety's family, especially not her sister.

There is also a tiny part of me that is terrified that the BIL or SIL will get angry enough that they'll try to press assault charges against me for restraining the BIL when he was going after Britt's sister. If I would get convicted of any kind of assault, I will have to kiss my nursing career goodbye. And start all my schooling over again from scratch. I'm so close to getting into a program. All of my goals & future plans rest on my getting through school, getting a good job & being able to pay off my debt. I know that just touching someone can get you charged with 4th degree assault. I'm pretty sure doing what I did to the BIL would qualify.

I also find myself wishing that I'd just held the BIL for a little longer in the choke hold, just until he passed out. Then there would have been no window broken, no cops called (probably) and that would have been that. But I know that that probably would have ended badly as well. What do you do when you're in a situation where all of the possible courses of action suck? Choose the least sucky course of action I suppose. And how do help the person you love most in the world feel better when she knows she made the right decision, but still feels like shit because she had to call the cops?

And through all of this, nothing has shocked me more than the pervasive belief by the BIL, his friends and family that it is the responsibility of friends and family to "take care of things" and never to call the police. Ever. The BIL & SIL have both said that if a different friend of the BIL had been there, he would have just tied the BIL to a chair until he chilled out.

What I want to know is why it's deemed ok to ever get so out of control that you need to be restrained or "dealt with" ? Why is this acceptable??? I am completely at a loss to understand this aspect of their subculture.

My coffee is cold now and I have a bedroom to get cleaned & organized. So I'm going to go listen to some good music, throw myself into cleaning & hopefully feel better. But first I need to re-heat my coffee.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Random Rambles

Good morning, my lovelies...

Very early morning... or late night. Whichever you prefer. ^-^

I'm sitting on the floor in my living room. All the lights are off except for the white lights on our tiny tree & the ones that we put up around the kitchen two years ago. We liked the lights around the kitchen ceiling so well that we decided to leave them up all year long. ^-^

The candles on my kitchen counter are lit too... the scent of apples & cinnamon swirls through my apartment.

Tomorrow is Cleaning Day 1 of 4. I'm going to tackle our bedroom... I want it to be a place that I like to be, instead of the place that we use for storage & occasionally sleep in. ^-^ I remember my room as a teenager as a place of refuge, safety & comfort. I loved to be in my room. It resembled a junk shop I suppose, with all the decorative boxes, knick knacks, candles, dried flowers & books, but I loved it. It felt like an extension of me. It was my place to go & just BE. To regroup, to zen, to relax, to read, to sleep, to do whatever... My room now is the antithesis of my former room. I'm striving to get my space back. ^-^

I got some great ideas from the fabulous Veronica Varlow... It was funny. I had been thinking about how to clean, arrange, decorate our room & then she goes & posts on her blog about cheap & easy ways to decorate a room. ^-^ I love when things like that happen.

One of my favorite things about the Winter holidays is... PEPPERMINT. At this very moment I'm happily nomming a candy cane. ^-^ And in the nifty shoulder bag my mom got for me there is a bag of Dove Peppermint Bark squares... Oh my holy holiday hallelujah... they are simply the best thing ever. I discovered them with my mom... and we were instantly hooked. Dark chocolaty peppermint addicts, I tell ya...

 Lhu apparently likes candy canes too... caught the little twit licking the candy cane that I'd set down. @_@
There is cat spit on my candy cane... o_O

I figure that tomorrow when I need a break from cleaning & rearranging our room, I can start making my wee Christmas village. ^-^ I've been meaning to make one for a few years... So now I'm going to.

I'm also working away at making holiday cards... so if you'd like one, email me your snail mail address to:

Absynthe_and_Arsenic@yahoo.com

Or you can message me on facebook. ^-^

My goal is to get them mailed off by Monday at the latest, to everyone I've got addresses for. If you get me your address after Monday, that's totally fine too. ^-^ I'll just mail your card as soon as I get your address. ^-^

Alrighty... since I'm still very much awake, I think I'll go clean off my desk. It's buried under about two feet of books, notebooks, bottles of paint, knitting projects, etc... my poor desk...

Oh! And I almost forgot... I finally finished the sugar skull painting that I've been working on for forever. ^-^

I apologize for the iffy photo quality... my camera is AWOL at the moment, so I took the photo with my iPod...

I paper mached over a canvas, painted it & then painted & inked the rest. ^-^

Hopefully I'll find my camera soon so I can get a better photograph. My camera is probably buried on my desk... o_O

Well then... I'm off to find my desk! Wish me luck & hopefully I'll be back soon-ish. ^-^

XOXO

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

The Story City Carousel

Hola, my dearies!

I had originally planned to post every day while I was in Iowa, but lacked the internet to do so... o_O

So now I have a bunch of pictures that need posting and stories that need blogging... =D

I will start with the Story City Carousel... for I am in love with this tiny town's treasure.

As it's only open in the Summer, all my pictures had to be taken through the (dirty) glass windows. At least the building it's housed in was circular! ^-^

I'd also like to thank my brother for stopping so that I could run around taking pictures... he humored me and I dare say was amused by my excitement over the antique carousel. ^-^ I have the best little brother ever. =D


I was ecstatic to see that there were more than just horses on this carousel... Pigs!!! =D




Trying to figure out if the face on the sleigh was supposed to be Santa or what... he looks like Santa in a flag hat... o_O


If this is Santa, he's apparently traded in the reindeer for eagles... eek...


Santa is American? o_O


After a few minutes of snapping away, I realized that there were faces lining the top. They were creepy & totally awesome! ^-^


I think those two are dogs? I'd like a carousel with dragons, personally... 


More awesomely creepy faces... 


I like this one because it looks like there's a tree growing through the roof at first glance... 



And one more face, just for good measure. ^-^

I'd love to go there in the Summertime, when it's open to the public & ride around a few times. ^-^ I love love love carousels! I remember riding one once that was a double decker... it was amazing and so much fun! I think it was in Colorado... or maybe Utah? It was housed at the 49th Street Galleria.

Just googled it... It's in Murray, Utah. You know you've lived too many places as a child when the locations of the memories get confused... lolz...


So this isn't the exact carousel, but it was kinda like this. ^-^


Anywho... so that's the Story City carousel! I'll be back soon with more pictures of my trip. And of my new niece. ^-^ She is adorable. And loud. XD

Until next time...

XOXO